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Stuck in Between

People are starting to coin the term intense traffic in the Metro. I personally think it’s not an exaggeration; with the perpetual rise in the number of vehicles on the roads and the dwindling infrastructure for proper roads, it would be a good time to reconsider my priorities.

I always planned on relocating to the province, but with the ways things are going it will be sooner than later. Hopefully the market rates will coincide with my financiers and result in a good deal. It’s not as much as the amenities or features of the place but the location, location, location. With us having to work out of our living room we have a broader selection than most.

Corruption is a sad fact of life, this is exceptionally true in our country; where opportunities are limited and condensed to specific locations. So as people are forced to flock to these centers of business, my family and I will get out and start planting roots out in the provinces. Leveraging the tele-commute to get out of the local-rat-race and start living life.

On that note, my family and I look forward to house hunting. It’s just like window-shopping in the mall just with road trips and outdoor adventures added. Since we are starting earlier than most people, we get to do a whole lot more shopping, haggling, touring and all that good stuff. Besides, a recently released study said that NOW is actually the best time to invest in real estate. We get to school ourselves in the real-estate market and learn the pertinent lessons a prospective buyer should learn to minimize the risk involved. This is where another advantage of the tele-commute comes in for us. We get to scan the inter-webs for deals and locations before physically visiting the sites.

I am thankful that I don’t have to spend x-amount of weeks or months on the road per year to earn a living, nor would I wish it on anyone. Since you made it this far along my ramblings I would assume that we are like-minded and want something similar. If so then know you’re not alone and crazy like what your relatives or peers may think; if not then at the very least it is food for thought… while you are stuck in traffic.

Thule and Yakima Loadbars and Basket Comparison

Choosing the right loadbars or crossbars and attachments really boils down to 2 things; weight and noise. Traditionally crossbars were rounded square bars made out of steel with a plastic shell which weighed approximately 5-10kgs each excluding the fit kit. Newer models from Thule and Yakima are made out of aluminum which are lighter and have better weight to performance ratio. Yes, they aren’t as sturdy as the steel ones but your top load won’t exceed 100kg anyway since it is typically the maximum weight limit of your cargo.


I found the Wingbar design from Thule works best among all the Thule and Yakima crossbars. It’s a third of the weight of the squarebars with little to no wind noise when driving down the highway. This is important since not only is it quiet, it also has less drag which won’t impact your fuel consumption. Yakima has a similar product, the Whispbar Edge S54 which looks sexier than the Thule counterpart – the Thule Wingbar Edge.

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